GEORGE NEWS - The George Business Chamber (GBC) will cooperate with the Western Cape Department of Local Government in its latest investigation of the George Municipality.
Dr Dennis Farrell, chairperson of the GBC, said in a statement that the organisation supports the call by the mayor of George, Melvin Naik, in any investigation into alleged maladministration, fraud and corruption at the George Municipality and that they will work with the department.
According to Farrell it is time that the continuous allegations regarding the affairs of George Municipality be brought to a head.
They are disruptive and are not conducive to the attraction of investment, nor does it instil confidence in the leadership of the province or the municipality. The continued uncertainty about the leadership of the municipality has a detrimental effect on the morale of the staff and it goes without saying that staff with low morale will not deliver optimum services.
According to Farrell, Ingrid Cronjé, chief executive officer of the chamber, will send an invitation to Anton Bredell, Western Cape Minister of Local Government, to come to George for direct engagement with the chamber and other concerned parties to address the continuous investigations into the matters of the municipality.
Should the investigation indicate probability of misconduct by any party, the normal internal labour relations processes and other appropriate external legal processes must be expedited by the authorities.
Cronje said business confidence is being tarnished by the uncertainty.
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